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Advocates are taking a message to Qantas

Angela Fredericks
BILOELA, Australia

Aug 7, 2018 — 

On a Friday night six weeks ago, Priya called me, crying and distressed. She’d just been given notice she and her family would be forced from Australia to danger within days.

That weekend, Priya’s friends and neighbours gathered in the Biloela Lion’s Park for a candlelight vigil.

We’d written letters. We’d delivered a 100,000 strong petition to Mr Dutton. We’d even persuaded a Liberal Senator to take up our cause. There was no way we were going to give up on this family.

Days before, we’d heard that US airlines were refusing to fly children separated from their parents.

We decided to launch a petition calling on Qantas and 11 other airlines to refuse to fly Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa anywhere but home to Biloela. By the time the weekend was over, thousands of people had signed.

Thankfully, Priya’s lawyers managed to postpone the deportation long enough to lodge an appeal with the Federal Court.

Priya’s appeal is set down for the end of this month. But even if Priya’s appeal succeeds, there is no legal barrier to protect husband Nades and baby Tharunicaa from being forced back to danger.

Now, refugee advocates in Sydney and Melbourne are asking Qantas to publicly state that they will not participate in forcing Priya, Nades, Kopika or Tharunicaa back to danger.

And this Thursday 9th August, they’re taking their message to the Sydney and Melbourne headquarters of Qantas and Jetstar:

Sydney facebook event:

Melbourne facebook event:

But wherever you live, this Thursday you can help to show Qantas and other airlines that the only place they should fly Priya, Nades, Kopika and Tharunicaa is home to Biloela. For ideas on how you can help, visit

Thank you all of your support for Priya, Nades and the girls,


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